Karen was born on March 17, 1934 in Cedar City, Utah to Glenwood Sandin and Marie Tranter Froyd. She was born and raised in the same home in Cedar City.
She graduated from Brigham Young University and began working for Mountain Fuel Supply Company as a Home Economist.
She was sealed to her eternal companion, Raymond Bramwell Parkinson, April 12, 1957 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Karen is survived by two siblings, John Froyd and James Froyd, both of Cedar City, Utah and five children, Chandler (JoAnn) Parkinson of Boise, Idaho, Anne (Richard) Harris of Kingwood, Texas, Jennifer (Eric) Keith of Orem, Sarah (Todd) Horsley of Pleasant Grove, Utah and Sam (Kristina) Parkinson of Provo, Utah. Her posterity includes 26 Grandchildren and 20 Great Grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Raymond and two siblings (Allen Froyd & Margaret Hamilton).
In 1997, Karen and Raymond served a mission to Hannibal, Missouri and Nauvoo, Illinois. She loved giving tours in Nauvoo and teaching visitors about the Temple. She also was called to play the organ in the Provo Temple after serving in Nauvoo, which she completed for over 20 years. Karen had many musical talents including the organ, piano, oboe and the clarinet.
She enjoyed quilting and served as the President of the Utah Valley Quilt Guild and worked and taught classes at the Stitching Corner for many years.
Karen always put the Lord and her family first in her life. She had a strong testimony of the Gospel and served in many church capacities including Young Women’s President twice, Stake Primary Counselor, Primary President, Relief Society Counselor and Ward Organist.
Karen will be remembered for her compassion and great teaching ability. She loved to teach her Grandchildren and others how to cook, garden, sew and many other of her numerous talents and skills. She was a very generous and loving person and will be remembered for her Christ-like example. Most of all, she was a dedicated and loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. She will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Edgemont 11th Ward chapel located at 3050 Mojave Lane. Interment was at the East Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.bergmortuary.com.